Is your garden done for the year and you are wanting to try some new gardening methods indoors to extend your growing season? Today I’m sharing how I have been growing microgreens indoors to provide more fresh greens for our family.
Up here in South Dakota, we have a pretty short growing season. Because of this, I like to do anything that I can to help extend that growing season as long as possible. Some of the ways that I do this is to Build Mini Greenhouses and have a Winter Garden. I also use low tunnels in the garden and plan on building a larger greenhouse soon.
This year I decided to try my hand at growing microgreens indoors during the colder months. Growing microgreens seems like a simple way to add a little more greens into our diet and to me, it seemed similar to growing fodder which I’ve done for our livestock (and it’s very easy!) and to Sprouting Seeds so I had to give it a try.
What Are Microgreens?
To make it simple, microgreens are a plant that is harvested right after the cotyledon or the first leaves are developed. (Wikipedia) They are harvested sooner than baby greens and are usually about 1 to 1.5 inches tall when harvested.
Are Microgreens Good for You?
In general, microgreens have a higher concentration of vitamins and minerals than their fully-grown counterparts. (Source) Since it’s hard to find fresh from the field, highly nutritious food in the middle of winter. Microgreens can be a great way to add an extra dose of vitamins into your day.
How Do You Grow Microgreens?
Microgreens are usually grown in some kind of plastic container. The size will depend on how many microgreens you want to grow and be able to harvest at one time. Setup will be slightly different depending on what type of kit you use. Caring for the microgreens is so easy, all you need to do is be sure that the soil or the growing medium stays moist without overwatering it. The seeds will do their own thing!
What Microgreens Can I Grow?
There are so many varieties of seeds that can be grown as microgreens! The most popular varieties are:
You can buy microgreen seeds from True Leaf Market.
How Do You Eat Microgreens?
Eating microgreens is the easiest thing! All you need to do is take a sharp knife and cut the microgreens off just above the soil level. Most varieties of microgreens will then re-grow so you can get another harvest.
To eat the microgreens, place them in a salad, on a burger, on pizza, in a wrap, or as a garnish on just about any dish. You can also juice them if you are into that. Here are a few yummy recipes that I found that feature microgreens:
- Chickpea and Pea Shoot Salad
- Vietnamese Beef Noodle Salad
- Crispy Mushrooms and Microgreens
- Cabbage and Pea Sprout Salad
- Veggie Melt Sandwich
- Blueberry Feta Salad
Can Microgreens Be Frozen or Preserved?
If you need to harvest your greens before you are ready to enjoy them, wrap them in a damp paper towel or cloth and store them in the fridge after harvesting.
You can freeze microgreens if you really want to, but the texture will be off. Microgreens are best eaten fresh. Since there are so many dishes that you can add them to, it’s not too hard to keep up with the harvest.
Where to Buy Microgreen Seeds?
I ordered my microgreen seeds from True Leaf Market. They have a huge selection of seeds and Microgreen kits which make it very easy to grow your own microgreens. You can get kits that will grow your microgreens in the dirt or kits that will grow them in a hydroponic medium. You can also get bigger or smaller kits depending on how many microgreens you want to grow at one time. The seeds start at just $2.99 depending on what variety you want to grow.
Microgreens are a fun and easy thing to grow indoors during the winter. Of course, you could grow them year-round but it’s an especially great way to get in your green veggies during the cold, dull months. We’ve been enjoying growing them on our kitchen counter and might just have to grow more in the future!
Thanks to True Leaf Market, one winner will win the exact same Self Watering Microgreen Kit that I use! Just enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
Have you ever grown microgreens? Which kinds do you grow?
True Leaf Market is sponsoring the giveaway in this blog post however this is not a sponsored post and any thoughts or ideas on growing microgreens and their products are my own.